The evolution of Los Angeles new romantic icon Riki is as dynamic as it is undeniable. From early formative years playing in Bay Area goth-punk unit Crimson Scarlet to the birth of her synth-pop solo alias in 2017, Riki’s music has steadily flowered with finesse, feeling, and vision. 2020 saw the release of her widely acclaimed self-titled debut for Dais Records, reimagining moody new wave synthetics across a vibrant palette of melodic melancholia, prompting a string of rapturously received tours and festival appearances.
The recent unveiling of Riki’s sophomore LP, Gold, marks another tier in her art-pop ascension. Produced by Telefon Tel Aviv’s Joshua Eustis, and echoing eclectic 80’s touchstones from Saâda Bonaire to Strawberry Switchblade and Bryan Ferry to Bananarama, Gold ultimately transcends its influences, fusing private heartbreak with anthemic emotion in swooning, singular fashion.
2022 is poised for a further expansion of Riki’s rise, with extensive tours both domestic and international in the works, sharing bills with SRSQ, Choir Boy, Cold Cave, and more.
“There’s a melancholy feeling that you know / Turn it on, turn it on, and watch it grow”